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with the situation in syria. arab league monitors are in syria to keep an eye on government troops. president bashar al assad allowed them in. he's been using force to stop protests against his administration. the demonstrations began in march, more than 5,000 people have died. assad is being criticized at home and abroad. the arrival of the monitors is a first instance of direct international intervention in syria. still, the violence has not stopped. government forces went after demonstrators tuesday in homs. a human rights group said more than 20 people died. international observers are concerned the government won't disclose the full details of the situation to the arab league monitors. >>> a shia bloc in iraq's ruling coalition wants parliament to be dissolved so new elections can be held. the demand is the latest step in the growing conflict between the country's shia and sunni muslims. the anti-u.s. cleric, muqtada al sadr, leads the bloc. he joined the ruling coalition a year ago. before that he led shia militants against u.s. and iraqi forces. the latest conflict between shia and sunnis sta
issues. syria looks like a real problem. egypt is a problem. a moderate government with reform and reasonable relations with the u.s. and stable myanmar, that would be desirable and something the obama administration could point to and say, yes, we did this. >>> china has been urging the united states to lift sanctions against myanmar. it has close ties with the southeast asian country. foreign ministry spokesperson hong lei commented on clinton's visit to myanmar. >> translator: all countries concerned should lift sanctions against myanmar and try to promote its stability and development. >> hong lei also stressed the importance of maintaining china and myanmar's relations. >> translator: both china and myanmar want to increase this strategic cooperation and doing so will contribute to peace and stability in the region. >> myanmar is becoming strategically vital for china to meet its skyrocketing domestic energy demand. china has been financing port construction projects in myanmar and it also plans to build pipelines in the country, so it can import crude oil and natural gas
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